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Colombia: voters reject FARC peace accord

In Colombia's historic plebiscite, voters narrowly rejected the peace pact with the FARC rebels—a major surprise, as all polls had predicted a landslide victory.

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Colombia: FARC peace deal signed in Cartagena

Colombia's long civil war came to an official end as President Juan Manuel Santos met with FARC leader "Timochenko" in the Caribbean port of Cartagena to sign a formal peace pact.

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Colombia: para terror despite FARC ceasefire

Five campesino leaders were assassinated by presumed paramilitary hitmen on the same day that the Colombian government's official ceasefire with the FARC took effect.

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Peasant strikes mobilize again in Colombia

Indigenous protesters blocked the rail line carrying coal from the massive Cerrejón mine in Colombia's La Guajira region, as pressure again mounts on peasant demands.

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Colombia: thousands displaced in new fighting

More than 3,000 members of indigenous and Afro-descendant communities have been displaced as Colombia's Chocó department is convulsed by conflict with the ELN guerillas.

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Colombia: peasants sue over mining contamination

Indigenous and Black communities in Colombia's Chocó department filed a lawsuit, claiming 37 of their children died after drinking water contaminated by nearby mining operations.

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New post-conflict ‘Plan Colombia’ foreseen

President Juan Manuel Santos meets at the White House with Barack Obama to mark 15 years since the initiation of the Plan Colombia—and discuss a "post-conflict" aid package.